Sinoa: *cough* Urgh... Another flop? I was sure I was going to open a wormhole that time.
Sinoa: Were my calculations off? Maybe I should re-evaluate the experimental procedures...?
Xiao Lei: Honestly, Sinoa, is there NOTHING you can do to avoid those explosions?
Xiao Lei: Every time you blow something up it sends tremors through the castle—and more importantly, my abacus!
Sinoa: I'm sorry about that, truly I am. But I'm on the verge of a breakthrough! Please, allow me one more test!
Sinoa: Space-time physics magic is indisputably sound. ...At least, on a theoretical level. Anyway, I just know my next attempt will be successful!
Xiao Lei: Something tells me you've been saying that about the last fifty attempts...
Xiao Lei: Actually, would you mind if I took a look at your research thus far?
Sinoa: Sure, it's right here. It's pretty complex stuff, though, so I doubt you'll be able to parse it at a glance.
Xiao Lei: Hmm... Yes, I'm afraid you're right. These pages are teeming with symbols and diagrams unlike any I've ever seen.
Xiao Lei: The equations are no trouble, mind. For example, this one here... Wait, you've made a miscalculation!
Sinoa: Say WHAT?! There's no way I... Well, look at that. Guess that's what I get for skipping sleep before writing that part! Heh heh...
Xiao Lei: It's not just there. You have made minute errors all over the place!
Xiao Lei: And the calculations are complete! THIS is the correct answer.
Sinoa: Jeez, you're a real whiz with that thing! Thanks for the assist. Now that all the numbers check out, I'm sure my next attempt will bear wormhole-shaped fruit!
Sinoa: I just need to adjust the control valve to obtain the correct mana density based on your calculations, and...
Xiao Lei: So that's your aim, is it? To open a wormhole?
Sinoa: Nothing less! I'm on the verge of history— and you're about to have a front-row seat.
Xiao Lei: If you succeed, we'll be the first to witness an as-yet unseen phenomena...
Sinoa: Pretty exciting, huh? Well, let's get to it! Activating the space-time distortion apparatus!
Sinoa: Internal mana density has reached target value! If I can just maintain this—
Sinoa & Xiao Lei: Eyaaagh!
Sinoa: *cough* *cough* Not again... Where did I go wrong...?
Xiao Lei: It would seem the issue runs deeper than a few mistaken calculations. We must revisit everything: the theory, the procedures, all of it!
Sinoa: Um, sorry. Did you just say "we"?
Xiao Lei: I can't very well return to my ledgers knowing your explosions will only continue to undo my work, can I?
Xiao Lei: Gaps in theory, errors in calculations, flaws in the apparatus; no deviation shall escape my discerning eyes.
Xiao Lei: I promise you this: with my capacity for analytical thinking, this experiment WILL be a success!
A few days later...
Sinoa: It's... It's perfect! Every aspect, from beginning to end!
Xiao Lei: Heh. But of course.
Xiao Lei: By combining your theoretical framework with my unparalleled calculatory ability, the probability of success is now 100%!
Sinoa: A bold claim. Let's see how it holds up! Activating the space-time distortion apparatus!
Sinoa & Xiao Lei: WHYYYYY?!
Sinoa: We double-checked everything...
Xiao Lei: The theory, the calculations, the apparatus... Everything was perfect!
Melody: Eeek! What's going on?! ...Oh, it's one of Sinoa's experiments.
Melody: This place sure is a mess. Good thing I'm here to clean up!
Xiao Lei: (Oh no, not her... She's chaos personified!)
Xiao Lei: (This experiment has absolutely zero margin for error, and there's certainly no room for a random variable like her!)
Xiao Lei: Th-thanks, Melody, but we'll clean up right after—
Melody: First I'll start with tidying up the floor and— Uwagh!
Melody: Er, guys? Why's this thing making so much noise all of a sudden?
Sinoa: Agh! You activated the apparatus!
Xiao Lei: It will explode if we don't shut it down! Hurry!
Melody: Leave it to me! ...But also please tell me how!
Sinoa: See that lever right in front of you? PULL IT RIGHT NOW!
Melody: Okay! This one?
Xiao Lei: Not THAT lever, the one right next to it! The activation lever!
Melody: Umm... This one?!
Sinoa: Agh, no! That controls the magical fluid volume!
Xiao Lei: It's going out of control!
Melody: Does that mean it's gonna explode?!
Melody: ...Did I miss the "boom"?
Sinoa: There WAS no boom! No wormhole either, for that matter, but not exploding is a huge step forward!
Sinoa: The only question is, how do we recreate it? Maybe if we let Melody fiddle with the controls again...
Xiao Lei: No! You cannot rely on chance alone!
Sinoa: I hear you, Xiao Lei, but we've already tried everything you and I can think of.
Sinoa: And since we still came up short, I think we have to take a risk on chance.
Xiao Lei: I see... You mean to tap into the realm of possibility created by Melody's random actions, then?
Xiao Lei: I suppose it has been said that at a certain point all one can do is let nature take its course. So... We shall wager our fortunes on Melody!
Melody: Wh-WHA?! Seriously?!
Sinoa: Oh, I'm nothing BUT serious when it comes to my experiments. Will you help us, Melody?
Melody: Of course! I mean, I don't really know what's gonna happen, but... Hyah!
Sinoa: *gasp* I'm reading unprecedented levels of mana! This might just be enough to open a wormhole!
Sinoa: W-we thoughtlessly increased the volume of mana, which naturally increased the explosive power...
Melody: I-I didn't miss the boom that time...
Xiao Lei: I suppose...you can't hinge an experiment on chance, after all...